15 KAEMPFER, E. /Japan / Virtual Rare Book Fair 163


Description: KAEMPFER, E.
Title: Histoire Naturelle, Civile, Et Ecclésiastique..'
Published in: Amsterdam, 1729

Size: 12.6 x 9.4 inches.
32.0 x 24.0 cm.

Condition: Folio. Contemporary calf spine gilt with a red gilt lettered label. Several pages a little stained as usual. Altogether in very good condition.
Condition Rating

First French edition, published by P.Gosse, J.Neaulme and B.Lakeman. The basic work on Japan from the second half of the 17th century when it was still forbidden to foreigners to enter the country. The beautiful copper engravings show 45 maps, plans, views, temples, pictures of gods, plants and animals and also some examples of Japanese writing. At the end some special treatises are added, on the Japanese tea and tea-plant on Japanese paper-making and the paper-tree, and on Japanese medicine, especially on the Japanese moxa or acupuncture.
A fine copy with broad margins.
Reference: Landwehr VOC 532: Tiele Nederl.Bibl. 585.
  • Number: 1630297 (00831)
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum

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